I had the chance to chat with Canadian Screen Award winner Alice Moran about her recent series Crawford, from the creator of Trailer Park Boys, as well as a number of other projects she’s been involved with. She is a writer and actor and has so many experiences to share from her work in improv to her time in a Fifty Shades of Grey touring show. Thank you so much to Alice Moran for taking the time to do this interview with me about so many different aspects of her career.
Could you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
I’m an actor and a writer living in Toronto.
Your new series Crawford debuted on CBC this past Thursday, how would you describe this series?
Crawford is about a family who are going through to many odd things. Some of the thins are more relatable – like premature balding, some are a little less common – like an open marriage. Some veer on the supernatural – the eldest brother Don is starting to suspect he can communicate with raccoons. The comedy comes from the family deals with all of this so honestly – it’s not played wacky, it’s played real. It’s played with real family love.
You play Wendy, what is she like and does she get to interact with those sneaky raccoons?
Wendy is sort of this perpetual stressed out and low-key annoyed woman. She sees the raccoons, but I don’t have the gift that Don does.
What have been some of your favorite on set moments?
I met actress Steffi DiDomenicantonio through this show, and we were fast friends. So much so that we decided our characters should not get along at all. My character in particular is just straight up rude every time they interact. It was really fun to play enemies and then after each take burst into giggles.
You previously appeared on the series Sunnyside, what can you tell me about the series and your work on it?
Sunnyside was a sketch series set entirely in a Parkdale-esque neighborhood. I played a myriad of characters – normally 4 or 5 in any given episode. It gets really fun because you have to make sure they’re all clearly different people. I have a notebook full of the individual things that made them different. I doubt anyone would notice but me, but it’s thing like “this character is left handed”, “this character was ballerina, and those movements creep into her everyday movements”. It’s kind of a dream job as a performer.
Beyond acting on that series you also are credited as doing some writing for it, what was it like being in the writing room?
It was my first writer’s room, so I was nervous. I was essentially turning it work with a questions mark like, “I like this is funny? Right?”
I learned a lot – mostly that you have to confidently present your ideas if you want to get other people on board.
You began your career in improv, could you share some details about your journey from The Canadian Improv Games to where you are now?
So the Canadian Improv Games are the national improv tournament. I was on my school’s team, and the fear that I’d be cut every year pushed me to find more classes to take to get better. So I found the Second City and took classes there. After high school I auditioned and started working there for a few years in a few different companies and casts. Then I left to do a US national tour of a show called “Spank!” which was a parody of Fifty Shades of Grey.
One of the items on your resume had me exceptionally intrigued, could you tell me about your time as the star and writer of a Fifty Shades of Grey parody show?
When I was 22 I got asked to write and star in this parody of Fifty Shades of Grey. So the first thing that happened is I got paid to read Fifty Shades of Grey. One of the other writer’s – Jon Blair (who is now my writing partner) – texted me the entire time we were reading it, and I think the first week of working on the show, so much of the best stuff came from those text messages.
Any stories from that experience that you can share?
The show ended up being incredibly fun to do, if only because it’s the only time in my life where I’ve done a show and the audience was 90% women. The energy is different; the jokes you get to make are different. It was the best of times; it was the weirdest of time. I saw so so many 50 Shades tattoos on the tour. Full sleeves. Just the most intricate tats.
Now you have the distinct honor of being a Guinness World Record Holder, what’s the story behind how you achieved that?
I participate every year in Reddit’s international secret Santa. I highly recommend the experience; it makes me feel Christmasy in a way I haven’t since I was a kid.
Could you share anything about upcoming projects?
I’m currently developing a web series with Jon, about a couple that wants to break up but are alone together in a post apocalyptic wasteland. I’m so so in love with everything we’ve come up with so far.
Where can our readers find you online?
On twitter at @alice_moran
Thank you again to Alice Moran and make sure to watch her on Crawford Thursday nights on the CBC.
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